Real Gym Registry

If you are both a gym and road warrior, you know the disappointing feeling of checking into a hotel and checking out what their on-site fitness center looks like.  99% of the time, it is a small, sad room with little equipment.  Finding a serious training facility is not always easy since hardcore or old-school gyms are niche businesses typically independently owned that do not have large on-line visibility in on-line directories.  Working out in a “fitness center” is tiring when having to avoiding the Snapchat crowd live-feeding their quarter rep squats and the oxygen deprivation-wearing “Bane” wannabes.

So long, KDGE

This afternoon at 3:00PM, long-time Dallas/Fort Worth market alternative station KDGE 102.1 Fort Worth-Dallas began stunting with looping Semisonic’s “Closing Time” as preparation for a new format.  KDGE signed on originally June 30 1989 on the 94.5 rimshot facility targeting D/FW from approximately 50 miles north of downtown Dallas.  At that time, 94.5 had been the North Texas affiliate of the 24/7 satellite-fed Z-Rock hard rock service (as KZRK “Z-Rock 94.5”).  A few markets in the US had a modern rock format (Los Angeles’ KROQ 106.7) then, but most didn’t.   The format became widespread  starting in the early 1990s.  So, in many ways, KDGE was an influential pioneer to that generation of alternative rockers.   KDGE’s calls and format moved to the stronger 102.1 Fort Worth facility in November 2000.

So, a little tribute by going back to the early days before big time corporate ownership.  The first aircheck is KDGE 94.5 from July 3 1989, a few days after sign on.  No DJs yet…just some imaging and music.

The next aircheck is from August 2 1990.  DJ: Jerry Lentz.



So, You Are Thinking About Doing Your First Show

Whatever the choice of activity to get fit is, whether running, biking, lifting, swimming, etc., a small population will be taken enough with their chosen sport enough to want to take the challenge on of competing.  For runners, some will get the bug to prepare for and run a marathon.  For the gym rats who love lifting heavy, some will get the bug to enter a powerlifting meet.  Other gym rats will gravitate to physique competitions.  Since I get asked about the latter pretty regularly, let me share some lessons learned.

My Beer League Team Has a Hockey and Beer Belly Problem (Or Can I Lose The Beer Belly, But Keep the Beer?)

I get asked a lot about beer and how it affects fitness. Over the years, a lot of that has come after a rec league hockey game, tournament, or drop-in when the most cherished part of rec league hockey takes place: the post-game beer drinking with your buds.

“I play all this hockey, but I don’t seem to lose weight.”

At the end of the day, weight loss or gain is all about calories in versus calories out. Eat more calories than you need, you will store fat; consume less calories, you will drop weight. Most people do tend to underestimate the amount calories they eat and overestimate the amount of calories they burn doing exercise.

Tape Vault #16: WHTZ, KRQT, KRBE

We had back to 1994 in this edition.  Tune…in…your…head…

WHTZ 100.3 “Z100″ New York

Another visit to 1994 when Z100 skewed rock and sounded great… Several OJ Simpson trial references in Z100’s liners as well as an early e-mail address, but no website, as radio stations started to embrace the Internet stick out here.

WHTZ 100.3 Newark-New York “Z100.” 9 July 1994.  DJ: Human Newman.

KRQT 107.5 “Rocket 107″ Houston

Brace Yourself…Obnoxious Meatheads Are Coming

Christmas has come and gone.  Morning news and daytime newscasts have finally now stopped running stories about how to handle “bad Christmas gifts” (unfortunately, “how about being grateful someone thought enough of you to get you a gift” never seems to be advice for this terrible affliction).  Valentine’s Day candy is already available at the grocery store. That means January 1st is almost here…and that means a lot of people will resolve to get fit and join a gym. 


I think digitzing old tapes is going to take me much longer than originally thought…

Chips tape vaultFor the 15th blog from my tape vault, we go here, there, and everywhere:

  • Capital FM 95.8 London: CHR “95.8 Capital FM” 17 & 19 June 1994
  • WLS-FM 94.7 Chicago: CHR 15 October 1985
  • KFMK 97.9 Houston: oldies 11 February 1991
  • KROY 96.9 Sacramento: CHR “97 Kroy” August 1986
  • KWOD 106.5 Sacramento: CHR “Quad 106” August 1986
  • KSMG 105.3 San Antonio: oldies “Magic 105FM” 12 February 1991
  • KPOI 97.5 Honolulu: modern rock “97.5 the Edge” 28 December 1994
  • KZZU 92.9 Spokane: CHR “93 Zoo FM” 2 July 1994
  • KIOK 94.9 Tri-Cities WA: rock CHR “94.9 OK95” 2 July 1994
  • KNIN 92.9 Wichita Falls: CHR 14 May 1995

Here we go…


More analog-to-digital gifts…

KDWB 101.3 Minneapolis-St Paul

The 101.3 facility began as WPBC-FM in 1959 as the FM simulcast and sister to standards WPBC 980.  In the early 1970s after being sold, WPBC became oldies WYOO and WPBC-FM became rock WRAH.  They would simulcast again in the mid-1980s as top 40 WYOO/WYOO-FM “U100” (given analog dials, “100” seemed close enough, reportedly, for stations at 980 kHz and 101.3 MHz).  In 1976, the stations were sold — WYOO to the owners of easy listening WAYL-FM 93.7 to become simulcast WAYL and WYOO-FM to top 40 rival KDWB 630 to become simulcast KDWB-FM.  KDWB/KDWB-FM would split the simulcast a couple of years later, with KDWB-FM going to rock and KDWB remaining top 40.  The top 40 simulcast resumed in 1984 and KDWB-FM has remained top 40 since then.

KDWB 101.3 Richfield-Minneapolis-St Paul.  11 November 1991.  DJ: Hollywood Henderson.

WKDD 96.5 “96FM WKDD” Akron-Canton

Radio #TBT: DFW Big Switch (KMEZ/KDLZ/KJMZ)

An early edition this week…

KMEZ/KDLZ/KJMZ Dallas-Fort Worth “Big Switch”

Christmastime 1988 on the Dallas/Fort Worth radio dial brought “the big switch.”  The new ownership of easy listening KMEZ-FM 100.3 “EZ100” decided to flip the station to R&B KJMZ “100.3 Jamz.”  The KMEZ-FM calls and easy listening format would then go to then-R&B KDLZ 107.5 “Power 107.5.”  This aircheck is a composite of KMEZ-FM 100.3/KMEZ 1480 and KDLZ 107.5 a few days in advance announcing the changes, followed by the sign-off of KMEZ-FM on 100.3 and the debut of KJMZ.  KJMZ launched with stunting of Nucleus/”Jam On It” repeated over and over before launching on Christmas day.  KJMZ started out with some top 40 “crossovers” (the then-popular industry term for stations between top 40 and R&B), but evolved to just R&B.  KMEZ 1480 simply changed simulcast partners…going from simulcasting KMEZ-FM on 100.3 to KMEZ-FM on 107.5.

KMEZ-FM 100.3 Dallas-Fort Worth to KJMZ / KDLZ 107.5 Fort Worth-Dallas to KMEZ-FM


Another audio trip back in time…

For the previous blog posts featuring airchecks from the past, click the link

KEGL 97.1 “the Eagle” Dallas-Fort Worth

KEGL originally signed on the air as KFJZ-FM in June 1959 as an FM off-shoot of KFJZ 1270 and KFJZ-TV channel 11. KFJZ-FM played classical and jazz. In April 1969, KFJZ-FM changed to standards/MOR KWXI “Quickxie.” In the mid-1970s, it would shift to oldies. It re-claimed the KFJZ-FM calls in 1976 and began simulcasting the top 40 format of sister KFJZ. (For more on KFJZ and audio of its top 40 days, see my blog post from a couple of weeks ago In April 1977, the simulcast ended and KFJZ-FM became top 40 “Z97.”